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16 April 2020
UKRI allocates funding for Industrial Decarbonisation Deployment and Roadmap projects

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have announced funding projects for the first phases of the Deployment and Roadmap programme for decarbonisation strategies, run on behalf of the UK government.

14 April 2020
STFC's Hartree Centre speeds up the search for the most effective Coronavirus treatment – and how you can help!

Supercomputers at STFC’s Hartree Centre at Daresbury Laboratory are speeding up the search in a massive global project to find the best existing anti-viral drugs that are most effective for treating for COVID-19 – and anyone with a personal computer can help!

14 April 2020
Coronavirus: the science explained

UK Research and Innovation has launched a new website for anyone interested in the science of COVID-19.

09 April 2020
Government announces support for PhD students as a result of coronavirus disruption

UKRI-funded PhD students whose studies have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be provided with additional support, announced Science Minister Amanda Solloway today (Thursday 9 April).

03 April 2020
Finding ways to ease global disruption

UK businesses can apply for a share of £20 million in a fast-track competition to develop new ways to tackle global disruption such as that caused by Covid-19.

01 April 2020
STFC Technicians support rapid ventilator production

Science and Technology Facilities Council technicians and engineers are part of a UK team producing simple ventilators for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. The STFC group is leading training for others to carry out testing and calibration of the new ventilators.

01 April 2020
UKRI-NIHR Covid-19 rolling call

Building on the initial calls of their Initiative, DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching a rolling call for proposals for rapid research into COVID-19.

01 April 2020
Concerned about social distancing? Satellite technology and AI can help with that.

A UK start-up company Lanterne, has developed, and is soon to launch, a free app that will help us observe ‘social distancing’ more effectively in our collective effort to break the transmission rate of the coronavirus, and ultimately save lives.

31 March 2020
UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

We are inviting proposals for projects of up to 18 months to address the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

30 March 2020
Open Letter to the Research and Innovation Community

An open letter to the research and innovation community, from Professor Sir Mark Walport

30 March 2020
Infrastructure Advisory Committee: call for members

We are seeking three experts to join the UK Research and Innovation Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IAC).

27 March 2020
Parenting during a pandemic – researchers pull together top tips to help keep children safe

Researchers from UKRI’s GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub have joined forces with the WHO, UNICEF and others to produce evidence-based tips for parents.

27 March 2020
Formula 1's Project Pitlane will support the manufacture of medical devices to help treat Covid-19 patients

The Prime Minister has reported on progress today (March 27) about rapidly scaling up ventilator production for patients with coronavirus. This follows a government call for industry support.

23 March 2020
COVID-19 vaccine & therapy research boosted by six new projects in rapid response

Six new studies into the novel coronavirus have been funded by the UK government, including testing a vaccine, developing therapies and improving understanding of how to treat COVID-19.

23 March 2020
UK launches whole genome sequence alliance to map spread of coronavirus

The Government and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser have today, Monday 23 March, backed the UK’s leading clinicians and scientists to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves by using whole genome sequencing.

20 March 2020
Nationwide nature diary to capture first day of spring

Wildlife lovers across the UK have the chance to contribute to a crowd-sourced nature diary today to celebrate the official arrival of spring - Friday 20 March. 

12 March 2020
Openness and collaboration at heart of new joint research statement on tackling COVID-19

In recognition of the crucial role of the international research community in tackling the threat of COVID-19, UKRI and the NSFC of China have issued a joint statement highlighting a shared commitment to strengthening global collaborations and encouraging openness and data sharing to help ensure diagnostics, vaccines and prevention measures are developed rapidly for the benefit of every nation.

10 March 2020
Innovate UK launches new 3 year programme for Young Innovators

New findings from Innovate UK show that a half of young people in the UK think their age is a barrier to business success with nearly a third lacking the confidence they need to turn their idea into a reality.

06 March 2020
UKRI announces first Stephen Hawking Fellows and £179 million doctoral training boost

The first nine Stephen Hawking Fellows, announced today, will continue Professor Stephen Hawking’s legacy by furthering our understanding of the universe and communicating the wonders of science to the public.

06 March 2020
Update to the UKRI fEC Grant and Training Grant Terms and Conditions

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has updated its fEC Grant Terms and Conditions and Training Grant Terms and Conditions, as part of its standard biannual update.